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Libraries are an important part of society that provide equal access to knowledge and public resources, as well as educational programs for all ages. Libraries are community hubs, making them valuable collaborative partners for providing SNAP-Ed programming.
At locations in western Maine, SNAP-Ed is working with a local community coalition to enhance monthly food boxes with farm fresh fruits and vegetables! The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) aims to help low-income older adults by enriching their diets with healthy, non-perishable pantry staples.
In 2017, Maine SNAP-Ed and the Sanford Farmers’ Market created a Power of Produce (POP) Club. The program encourages York County kids to engage in the local food system and eat more fruits and vegetables from neighboring farms.
From 2015 until 2018, Maine SNAP-Ed and Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County teamed up with the local Master Gardener program and Kingfield Elementary School. They worked together to expand their school garden. Kingsfield is a SNAP-Ed eligible, rural school. Together, they developed a 6-8-week after-school program called Growing Gardeners.